Archive for June, 2010


The adventures of Dorothy; the first 100 miles, part two..

To refresh your memories, The adventures of Dorothy; the first 100 miles; part one, was about Dorothy’s purchase and arrival. . Now that she has a home, see what Dorothy and I do with our days.

Dorothy, my Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle, is a fantastic commuter bike. The zero emissions makes it great for the environmentalist in me and makes my green-granddaughter proud! The bike is light weight, less than 400lbs, which makes it a perfect bike for the newbie rider and especially for we women since it is such a manageable weight. The fact that there is no clutch or shifter makes it the best motorcycle for learning to ride with confidence by putting some time in on the road, thinking only of learning to maneuver a motorcycle. Ask anyone who has learned to ride and they will tell you that in the beginning, before riding becomes a robotic act, there is a lot to think about. With this bike, there are a couple less things to add to the list. You can log lots of hours and ride with confidence before transitioning into a more long distance bike and still have the commuter for the short rides around town.  

Here are a few of the things Dorothy and I like to do when we are out an about:
We go to the bank drive through line. They really appreciate that the bike is so quiet!
I actually had a man chase me down and catch up to me in the bank parking lot just to ask me questions about the bike. It’s amazing how far this guy had to follow me around town before he caught me..LOL

We go to dinner with friends. It’s amazing how people look at me when I pull off my helmet and my hair falls down. It’s that moment when they realize I am a woman, and one of the over 50 group, and riding a motorcycle to a nice eatery! Here too,  I become very popular and have had my dinner interrupted by one of the patrons, saying, “Do you own the white bike in the parking lot that has a name “Enertia”?”  That started a conversation that ended up outside and took about 30 minutes. The gentleman was very nice and bought us all deserts for my time.

We hit the movie theatre!  This was actually the place that, while talking to a young man about wanting a bike for his wife, a leathered up cruiser rider walked past me and muttered, “I only ride American!” to which I commented, “Well then you should love this bike! Not only is it made in America, its made right here in Oregon.” He spun around and looked at the bike and asked, “Isnt that European?”  He was my funniest conversation, to date.  I even let him take a spin around the parking lot….. while I held the keys to his Harley, of course. LOL
We go to church. My pastor has given me a key to the outside maintenance room so I can plug Dorothy in during services and while I’m serving at the church. He is very much in love with the bike and would gladly have me make a nice donation to him in the form of…. yes, you guessed it.. Dorothy!!  There are some funny looks on the faces of my church family members when I stow my motorcycle helmet in the cabinets that are designated for ladies purses!  Or when I greet church members at the front door in my leathers.  The best is passing out communion in a shirt that has a motorcycle and rider on the front and states, “These are my church clothes!”.  I will sum it up with words from my dear, sweet pastor….” Only you, LaParne” as he shakes his head!!

We go to the grocery store. Albeit, I only have a backpack to carry the groceries in, she is great for a stop to Whole Foods for my favorite sesame seed crackers that I can’t live without or the fantastic burger that exceeds any other and has spoiled me forever!! I really need to break down and get the saddle bags for the bike. I was talking to my field rep, Dave Murray, and he said they are discontinuing the soft bags and going to the hard lockable ones, seen (to the left) on the Enertias currently used by the police in Tokyo. Very cheeky!

My favorite trip with Dorothy was to my granddaughters middle school for parents day. My daughter was spending the day with her and I decided to surprise them at lunch time. You can imagine the ruckus that I created by coming into the middle school cafeteria with my helmet and leathers. When they found out I ride an electric bike, I was the bell of the ball!!  That’s why my granddaughter adores me.. And I adore her right back!

Well, that is the end of the story of Dorothy and our first 100 miles. But, fear not….. we are currently working on the third hundred and the adventure continues!! 

Lady Godiva on wheels…. goin for a ride.  Later all


She Ain’t Buyin What Hairy’s Cell’n…part quatre; Stephanie gets her OWN bike….

IowaHarleyGirlAgain, to refresh your memories; I have introduced you to the monster named “Hairy Cell Leukemia” and shown you where to get some additional information about the disease. You have seen what a very strong person decides to do to get proactive and fight off a monster. You have also been given a chance to get involved in the fight against blood cancers. But, that’s not the end of this story….far from it!  Wait until you hear this part!

As you may remember, I have been reading Stephanie’s blog for a couple of years and have also gone back and read some of her earlier stuff. I read this fabulous blog Post about her first time at the Sturgis Rally. Because she didn’t ride, she went on the back of a Harley Road King belonging to her female hair dresser. It was actually her very first motorcycle rally. As she puts it, “I go big right off the bat!”  She has been riding on the back of other people’s bikes ever since and has fallen madly in love.
On April 12, 2010, Stephanie blogged about her cross over from the “view from the back seat” to a real, honest to goodness, Harley riding, Iowa girl! Read the entire sweet story at .

After all this, it must be much easier to see why the story of my blogging friend, Stephanie, was something I just had to share. The words that Stephanie writes today are those of a woman who understands that everyday is precious. I’m sure if we asked her, she would tell us that she was sorry it took her illness to get her to live life to the fullest. We always believe that we have “plenty of time” but, as we have seen, life is to be lived everyday as if it were your last. 
Stephanie has described herself as happy and healthier today than she has ever been.  I wish her the best with her health, with her blogging, with that smoking hot Harley,and everything else in her life!  Ride safe, my friend, and keep the blogs coming.
Remember to go to the website with Stephanie’s team and contribute to the Light the Night Walk at . In these troubles economic times it is understandably more difficult to rally contributions. However, the Hairy Cell’ed monster waits for nothing! No contribution is too small when coupled with hundreds of others. There is strength in numbers and we are stronger than anything named “Hairy”!   
Lady Godiva on wheels…. glad to know the Iowa Harley Girl and thanking God for His miracles, big and small!


She Ain’t Buyin What Hairy’s Cell’n…part trois; What Stephanie is doing…

IowaHarleyGirlTo refresh your memories; I told you that Stephanie was diagnosed with the cancer, Hairy Cell Leukemia and you have been introduced information about the disease. This disease is chronic but, with proper diet, excercise, and treatment, life can be lived with all the gusto that this little Iowa Harley Girl can muster up! So, what does this dynamo of a woman do when the going gets tough and Hairy is hounding you?  She runs, and runs, and runs….. Let me explain.
After chemotherapy, Stephanie was released to go home. She had lost 40lbs and had to regain her strength. She also vowed to get healthy! She and her husband, Dan, bought a treadmill and she started walking everyday. Dan introduced her to Pod-runner Pod-casts and one caught her eye. It was called 1st day to 5k.  Let me use some of Stephanie’s own words to describe the rest.

I decided to train for a 5k run. It was slow going at first. I’ve never been a runner. I was always the slowest kid in school when it came to the Presidential fitness 1 mile run test. The first week I was able to run a mile in 18 minutes. When I got to week 5 I was at 13 minute miles. I made it to week 10 and am now able to run a 5k on the treadmill in 40 minutes. What a huge accomplishment for me. I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt. I’m on my way to being a healthy, sexy, strong woman. The woman that has always been inside me but took 41 years to find. No one is stopping me now. Currently I’m working on the Pod-runner Pod-cast Gateway to 8k.
Remember that you can read Stephanie’s whole story at

Now that Stephanie has a treadmill and finds out she is actually a runner in disguise, she decides to do something astonishing! She decides to join a 5K race for the Light The Night Walk. Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s evening walk/run and fundraising event. It is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.  Check out Stephanie’s “team page” and join the cause to find a cure with a donation. It doesn’t matter how small the donation is! Every bit counts to helps. Get all the information you need to be a part of Stephanie’s team at You just can’t keep a great woman down!

Lady Godiva on wheels…… feeling the need to give!

Next up; She Ain’t Buyin What Hairy’s Cell’n…part quatre; Stephanie gets her OWN bike….


She Ain’t Buyin What Hairy’s Cell’n…part duex; what Stephanie is fighting…

IowaHarleyGirlTo refresh your memories; The many thoughts of Harleygirl, Stephanie, has shared with her readers about her recent diagnosis of Hairy Cell Leukemia. Now, you may never have heard of this cancer, I hadn’t!  Let me help you understand this disease.

Here is some excellent information from the Hairy Cell Leukemia Research Foundation:Photo of hairy cell leukemia cells under a microscope
“Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a rare blood disorder that was first reported at Ohio State University in 1958. HCL is a chronic leukemia and does not develop into acute leukemia. The name”hairy cell” describes the abnormally shaped white blood cells with hair-like projections that characterize this disorder. Most patients diagnosed with HCL are male with a median age of 52. However, with more widespread knowledge of the disease and better diagnostic techniques, physicians have identified HCL in both sexes and among younger adults.”


Here is the website for more information and education,  or 
In addition, read the story of Stephanie’s diagnosis at , If you really want to understand the feelings of a person in crisis, read this story. Stephanie was very honest about it all. It takes great courage to charge in with guns blazing like this girl has.

Although this disease is chronic and the cause is unknown, it is treatable and the long-term prognosis for most patients is excellent. Stephanie is hitting the disease head-on and being very proactive with her diet and her excercise. She has been working on becoming stronger and has vowed to become “healthy”. And, she is doing exactly that. She is on the road to triumph! 

Lady Godiva on wheels… sharing a victory!

Next up; She Ain’t Buyin What Hairy’s Cell’n…part trois; What Stephanie is doing…


She Ain’t Buyin What Hairy’s Cell’n…part un; Who is Stephanie??

IowaHarleyGirlOne of my favorite bloggers is Stephanie at “The Many Thoughts of Harleygirl” and IowaHarleyGirl on Twitter. I started reading her a couple years ago and have enjoyed all her blogs since. I even went back to the beginning and read her early works. Here is what her very first blog entry said from Thursday, October 13, 2005:

IowaHarleyGirl’s first posting…OH MY!

Welcome to my blog! Don’t worry, I’m not going to just blog about Harley Davidson motorcycles. I’m going to blog about everything that interests me or makes me go “HUM”. I’ve wanted to do this for so long and I finally am. How exciting! So welcome…visit as often as you like and leave comments if you so feel the need. 

She has stayed true to her word! It has been quite a journey reading all her ideas and watching her become more and more skilled as she has proved to be a true journalist. She has loads of ideas about music, honors our soldiers, has information about all the events, gives accounts of road trips or around town trips, and tops it off with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
The reason I have chosen to introduce my blogging friend on my blog is this; in reading someones thoughts through blogs, they are unable to exclude the many things that are part of their own personal lives. As is the case, Stephanie chose to share with all her faithful readers that last year, she became ill and was diagnosed with a not funny cancer with a very funny name… Hairy Cell Leukemia.
I couldn’t help but share this story of courage so people can see a real example of what happens to a person in crisis and how they triumph. There is more to come and I know you will enjoy her story.

Lady Godiva on wheels….. loving to share.

Next up; She Ain’t Buyin What Hairy’s Cell’n…part duex; what Stephanie is fighting…


Today is the first day of Summer….

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we welcome the first day of summer!!  And, you know what that means….  Lets ride!!

According to Kelly Whitt at;
“If you have been watching the sun each day leading up to the summer solstice, you will see that it climbs higher in the sky each day. On the day of the solstice, which marks the first official day of summer, the sun appears to stand still. It has reached as far north as it will get. The word “solstice” means the sun stands still. This is also true for the winter solstice, when the sun gets as far south in the sky before coming to a stop.”

Let me put this in perspective for you;
There are 93 days until the first day of Autumn (September 23) and 182 days until the first day of Winter (December 21).  Those lazy days of Summer will be gone in no time.

Lady Godiva on wheels….. hoping for the sunshine!!


Just so you can really see it…..

Here is a close up of the pink panel with the air brushed pearl white….my favorite part so far!!

Lady Godiva on wheels makin sure you can see!! LOL